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Operations Officer on Patrol Encounters Armed Robbery and Arrest Suspect

For Immediate Release: 3/5/2018 11:34 am

On Sunday, March 4, 2018, at approximately 9:50 PM, a Worcester Police officer working out of the Operations Division was on patrol in the Chandler Street area. At this time the officer observed a male walking quickly away from a Blue Hyundai that was parked by 44 Chandler Street. The officer noticed that the front passenger door was still ajar as the male continued to separate himself from the vehicle.

The operator of the Hyundai observed the officer and starting yelling that he just been robbed by the male seen walking away. The officer was near the suspect and ordered him to stop walking. The male, later identified as Manuel Burgos 31-years-old of 86 East Central Street, ignored the officer and continued to walk away. The officer called for backup officers and followed the male suspect to the front of 62 Irving Street.

Several officers arrived at the Irving Street address and secured Mr. Burgos. Meanwhile, the initial officer spoke with the owner of the Hyundai. According to the victim, he is a Livery driver and transported Mr. Burgos to the Chandler Street location. The officer was informed that once Mr. Burgos had arrived at his destination he produced two screwdrivers and demanded money. Mr. Burgos took an undisclosed amount of cash and told the victim not to call police as he exited the Hyundai.

A search of Mr. Burgos produced two screwdrivers. The victim was transported to the area that Mr. Burgos was stopped and identified him as the male that had robbed him.

Mr. Burgos was placed under arrest and charged with Armed Robbery and Witness Intimidation.

Mr. Burgos will be arraigned today at the Worcester County District Courthouse.

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